Richmond Vale Academy stands for a different approach in education. The student needs to be at the center of her own education; developing ourselves as human beings is a complex and multidimensional process. Traditional education systems around the world are educating young and old into a more singular dimension and standardized way.
Another Kind of School
At Richmond Vale Academy, you will live a collective life in an international environment, with teachers and participants from many different countries and with a multitude of different backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, skills, languages and education.
Sharing life and work in this setting with its challenges, necessities and important subject matters constitutes an excellent training in and of itself. You will find yourself forced to solve the conflicts that arise within the team. You will learn to speak out and contribute constructively with your opinion, and you will train your ability to find consensus and get things done.
You will learn to focus on reaching the goals you have set, and you will work hard, build your stamina and become hearty. Through it all, you will build friendship and comradeship with your fellow students and teachers, and in the end you will swim like a fish in water, finding it natural to live and work as part of a collective effort with others from different parts of the world.
If an easy life is what you seek, we advise you not to enroll at Richmond Vale Academy. The programs are demanding and challenging. You will discover the great pleasure and sense of comradeship when you achieve a common goal together with your team, and you will realize again and again how much more you can achieve when you put your forces together.
The life at Richmond Vale Academy is in many ways simple. We live at the end of the road in the second poorest nation in the Caribbean, very far from the consumer society of shopping, restaurants and bars. So we produce our own culture and entertainment, and a lot of creativity follows.
The Student in Charge of the Instruction
You who enroll as students at the school are the most important human force to secure the progress of the program with its theoretical and practical undertakings, and to make sure, together with your team, that you get as much as you can from the content and benefit fully from living and working within a larger group of people, enjoying shared tasks and experiences. You, the students, are supposed to take charge of your own instruction, and you will come to regard this as a foundational value that might well take on existential significance.
At this school, you will find that learning is not first and foremost about listening to the teacher, although you, as a student, will in many instances be listening intensely to the teacher. The school’s program consists of a range of intense and spirited activities that constitute the sum of learning and life processes carried through by a group of people who for a considerable period of time share a program with each other that demands cooperation and efforts, and which at the same time is sprinkled with elements that are inspiring and also quite out of the ordinary. Thus, learning will also take place through communication, deliberations, through working out your plan for learning and sticking to it, and putting to use what you learned, the methods you used, the ideas you got from it and the results you harvested from the training.
The campus and everything at the school is creating opportunities for students to learn. Options are nearly limitless to realize self-development and a combination between practical and theoretical learning is essential. Important elements of learning at Richmond Vale Academy are: learning to work in a team, learning to lead and organize others, taking responsibility to grow leadership skills, planning and implementing projects, learning to work and be productive, etc.
DmM is a digitally based system that builds on each student having access to a computer that is connected to the school’s digital library, where all the varied and rich contents of the three learning categories of Studies, Courses and Experiences are located. Thus, the digital library holds the content of all the varied subject matters that the students will study and is always available to all. The DmM categories of learning are in short: Studies, Courses and Experiences.
* Study Tasks are furnished with a short title that in few words nails down what the piece of learning is about. The study tasks are chosen and solved by each student through own choice, with all tasks being forwarded to the teacher, who will certify, add to and in general comment the finished tasks.
* Courses make up an important part of the training. Here, the teacher is the host and performer and is obliged to deliver extraordinary, interesting and solid teaching that engages and enlivens the students through many methods.
* Experiences are part of the training, in which the students either dive into already suggested experiences that are available from the database or invent their own experiences, which are elaborated in writing by the teacher. The experiences let the students into an abundance of impressions, feelings, experiments and new knowledge, with students designing and concluding in writing or in other ways.
Pedagogical principles profiling Another Kind of School
Within the program, some necessary demands of relevant content and lucid methods are included. These demands must be satisfied in order to fulfill the expectations of the program. The program has a certain physical framework that is a part of making it possible. In this connection, we shall clarify in brief the pedagogical principles that lie at the heart of the school and run through its everyday of learning and teaching, making it all worthwhile for students and teachers alike.
1. Both theoretical and practical studies
The school’s learning processes comprise both theoretical and practical studies. The school sees this as an absolute necessity for the process of learning and as a first precondition for benefiting from the school’s program. The theoretical studies are necessary to make the action process more comprehensive. Practical actions help the students acquire the necessary skills and tools to be a successful activist.
2. A high degree of reality
The higher the degree of reality of the program, the more is learned. This means that old and ordinary stuff might be thrown away and substituted with new ways of learning on the spot. Meeting new people and discovering new environments add a higher degree of reality in the learning process. An essential part of learning how to work shoulder to shoulder with people is to understand the reality first-hand.
3. Coherence and overview
Coherence between the situation of the individual student at the school and the situation in developing countries is a necessity. The more coherence with the global situation is present in the school’s teaching, learning and everyday, the more overview and understanding is generated within the individual, the student body and in the results of the learning.
4. The program generates motivation
Motivation is often seen as something coming from the outside. We in contrast see motivation as a product of the meeting between the human being and the outside world, and the need for change and action. Motivation is a structural part of the school’s everyday life, that lets you take in new stuff, try out and experiment with energy and a light head, processing attitudes and sharing exciting tidbits of all kinds with your teammates.
5. Immersion and work
Deep mental involvement or immersion in your program activities will make you demand more immersion. It will ask for deeper learning. Working to make it all happen demands ever more work with the effect of getting deeper into the stuff and the processes. Motivated through the coherent periods of the programs, realization and awareness are the result of immersion and work.
The background of self-determination is the experience of a group of people who want to solve a task together. Its result is democratic sympathy and creation of own ideas for the good of personal equanimity and the function of the group. The respect for others grows every time you are exercising how to plan and how to act together. Self-determination gives the group new life and energy, and this further strengthens and supports the cooperation.
7. The collective is the partner of aloneness
Collectiveness is a core element of the school. In our edition, collectiveness is not a modern, smart form of behavior that will quickly go away. We seek it not because we might as well do so, but because we cannot do without it. Working in groups is an essential part of the learning. Alone the world changes you. Together we change the world. The collective cannot exist healthily and creatively if it is not at all times confirmed by a necessity of an outwardly directed character.
8. Liberation through coherence of conception and action
In the school’s structure and program, you find a thousand possibilities of practicing the direct path from imagination to action through dialectical processes. Imagination is a main precondition for new action. Sometimes conceptions might be stored for a later occasion when time allows, but the structure of the school does not block the wished for connection between imagination and action.
9. Mobility is a precondition for learning much
In all schools, students of any age must move beyond the premises of the school, meeting real life and people, getting engaged through moving and interacting with the phenomena and reality of environment and people. From one point, one cannot see very far. We need to be mobile to generate the necessary learning.
10. Knowledge is a precondition for accomplished experience. Integrate the teacher
Experiences, contrary to other schools, are an essential part of the program. Knowledge is a precondition for experience. This demands that the teacher is integrated in the teaching and learning processes. Learning of a subject matter cannot be separated from the conditions in which it takes place.
At our school, the Headmaster leads the school, the Common Meeting governs the school, and all of us in our different positions act together to run the school.
At RVA, teachers and students meet every Thursday at 16.00 or when needed.
This is a constitution-like, main rule at our school. While the Headmaster leads the school in obvious ways, governing, or deciding about matters for the sake of all, takes place in the Common Meeting, where all are called for, the student body and the teachers, the Headmaster included.
Running the school is a multiple action thing, which we do at all times.
Every hand counts, every effort is important, every small responsibility lifted con tributes, every cheating weighs heavily on the other and every lead, taken by this or that student, decides about the direction
Garden Farming is common sense
With soaring food costs, one billion people going hungry every day, fast food and junk food causing malnutrition, obesity and health problems, food production based on fossil fuels contribute to Global Warming and Climate Change - with all these problems and more, the question of how to produce and supply healthy food for all is a burning issue of our time.
At RVA, we are all involved in food production. We study the issues globally and locally, getting the facts and investigating the consequences for ordinary people. What is the cause of the obesity epidemic in the western world, and what has happened to food sold in supermarkets, making it unhealthy and deficient in nutrients? What does it mean when giant food corporations control food production with profit as their only goal?
Farming is part of our own food policy. We organize ourselves around the work, holding common actions to do the daily and weekly routines.
While working, we are learning the skills of growing different types of vegetable and fruits, companion panting, drip irrigation, composting and natural pest management the students also learn how to plan and start Home Gardens as important action when fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor in St. Vincent, Belize and Ecuador.
You will also learn ways to harvest rain water, composting, mulching, crop selection and fighting pests without using harmful poison or expensive, fossil fuel based, imported chemicals.
To harvest from the garden farm affords us with the advantage of eating high quality and healthy food for body and brain, as well as using our production to save some money we would otherwise spend on lower quality produce in the supermarket.
Work is the physical or mental effort directed at doing or making something. Some kinds of work are connected to the process of manufacturing. Some work is connected to a job or an occupation with activities dictated by a paid employment. Some work is directed at doing, which might be done my manual work or brainwork, at making, which mostly is construction work, or at accomplishing, which is to effect something or to bring something about or to make something function.
In any case, work is a physical effort, also when executed by brainwork.
What you do when you work is to transfer energy from your body in order to move another body a certain distance. Work means being in operation.
But being in any operation is not to work. To work, you have to practice with a certain constancy, such as going on doing manual labor, such as continuing moving something forward, such as obeying demands from the planned work in session, or such as moving a certain amount from point A to point B within a time frame set pr hour.
You will learn how to work, which is the reason for you being dressed appropriately.
Let's say the task in in the sphere of construction at the Building Weekend. The item to construct is a picnic table. The material is wood.
You have also been given screws, rawplugs, and glue for fastening.
Let's get started.. Probably you do not know. That is the point. Know how is the worker's ability. It is a trained ability, and is not just something we can all do.
In Another Kind of School you learn to use tools, name of tools, how to organize, plan and execute actions while working as a team. This is empowering and you achieve new skills in a learning by doing approach.
Enjoy a few photos and videos from three very different Building Weekends.
If you have any questions hopefully you can find the answer here. If not, you are welcome to send us an email.
Q – Do you have any age requirement? +
A: You need to be 18 years old. There is no upper limit as long as you are reasonable fit.
Q – What is the average age of the participants? +
A: Students of all ages join our programs, from 18 up till 72. The average ages of our students are between 20 and 35.
Q: Can I get college credits joining your program? +
A: Yes several of our participants have received credits for the 1 or 6 Months Climate Team.You can inquire at your college/university what the requirements are for getting credits and we will advice and support you in the process.
Q – How do I fly to St. Vincent? +
A: Ask for a specific travel guide for your area.
Q – How do I get to Richmond Vale Academy from the airport? +
A: If you arrive early in the daytime you can take a van to the Leeward bus station and from there another Van to Chateaubelair but it is a strenuous trip with your luggage; so for the first time travelling in St. Vincent we advise you to take a taxi.You can ask us to call one of our local taxis to pick you up. It will save you app. 30 USD. The taxi driver will have a “Richmond Vale Academy” sign right outside the airport.
You can pay the driver with USD or EC dollars, which is the local currency. One USD is 2.71 EC. If you drive with our local Taxi they charge you a set price of 220 EC or 82 USD. Inside the airport there is an ATM where you can use any bankcard or credit card to take out EC dollars.
Q – Do I need to apply for a visa before I arrive? +
A: Upon admittance you will receive an acceptance letter from RVA. You will need to present this letter to customs upon arrival in Saint Vincent. After three months (Europeans except UK citizens) or one month you will fill out a visa extension application which will be provided by the school.
If you are a citizen of the following 8 countries you must apply for a visa in advance:
We will support you in obtaining the visa. So far no one has been denied.
Q – Should I get travel vaccinations before my travel? Which vaccines are recommended? +
A: Vaccination recommendations can differ based on where you are traveling from but generally you don’t need any vaccinations to enter St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is advisable to boost your Tetanus shot.
Q – Does the program offer health coverage? +
A: Richmond Vale Academy does not provide health coverage. Please acquire your own policy before traveling to Saint Vincent. For those traveling to Belize or Ecuador, health coverage is provided for the 5 month service period but not during the time at Richmond Vale Academy.
Q – Can I use USD and Euros in St. Vincent and the Grenadines? +
A: In almost any bigger store you can use USD or Euros – any change will be returned in EC dollars. (East Caribbean dollars).
Q – Can I use my credit card or banking debit card from the ATM? +
A: You can use any banking card to take out EC dollars. On Arrival there is an ATM in the airport – it is advisable to take out 2 to 300 EC dollars, as the nearest ATM from the school is 40 minutes away. In Kingtown there are several ATM’s which all charge a different fee to take out EC dollars.
Q – Do you have Internship Positions? +
A: Yes, Richmond Vale Academy co-operates with several universities. For example students of Environmental Engineering can do 1 to 6 months Climate Compliance Conference as part of their education, and receive credits from their university.
Q – What are the frames of the school? +
A: In order to ensure the best possible conditions for the programs, we have set frames regarding alcohol and drug use while in the program.
- Nobody who participates in a course can take alcohol while carrying out the program exept for Open Weekends and holiday periods spent away from Richmond Vale Academy.
- Nobody who participates in a course can be involved with euphoriant or narcotic substances.
- These two fundamentals apply whether you are at the schol, on investigation, or in Central or Latin American during travel and work periods. In short it applies all the time.
- Former drug users must have been free from heavy drugs for a minimum of 18 months before the course starts.
Q – Are Sundays off? +
A: Yes but most teams agree on team activities such as hiking the volcano or other nature trails, jump from the cliffs at the Richmond Beach, take a diving certificate, sailing to Falls of Belem, visit families in Chateaubelair, etc.
Q – Which holidays will I have off if any? +
A: The school has no program from the 22nd of December till the 2nd of January. You are welcome to stay on at the school.
Q – Are there any breaks during the program? +
A: Yes, there are 3 Open Weekends during the program from Friday Noon till Monday Noon. The March team has a holiday break in June and the November team from 22nd of December till 2nd of January.
Q – Do we have school program during the weekends? +
A: Yes, there are school activities and classes on Saturdays. Typically Sunday is off. We also have a Building Weekend once a month where everyone work on various projects around the school through the weekend and then the following Monday is off.
Q – Can I bring a pet? +
A: While we do have some animals here at the school, we ask that you do not bring your pet (unless it is a Service Animal).
Q – Will I share a room? +
A: All rooms are double rooms so it is very likely that you will share a room with another person.
Q – Do I need to bring anything to furnish my room? +
A: The rooms are furnished with two twin beds, a desk, shelving space and curtains. Please bring your own sheets and pillow case.
Q – What kind of activities can I do during my free time and are there any stores around? +
A: At Richmond Vale Academy a healthy lifestyle is promoted and offers many opportunities for sport (volleyball, soccer, and diving, swimming, hiking, yoga, dancing, gym). RVA has a library and there is a public library in Kingstown. There are some very basic shops nearby as well as a weekly farmers market.
Q – Can I have visitors while I am at the school? +
A: Yes, but you have to first make an agreement with your team regarding dates, duration of stay, etc. While visitors are welcome it is important that they do not interfere with your studies or your ability to fully participate in the program. There are holiday periods where it might be more suitable to have visitors.
Q – I am a vegetarian/vegan. Does the school provide meals that meet these dietary restrictions? +
A: Yes, every meal will contain vegetarian and/or vegan options based on the needs of everyone here.
Q - Do you have Security Rules at RVA? +
Yes we have - here you go
- It is advisable to keep your room locked, hide values from the window. The school has a small safe that can be used.
- Do not swim alone.
- Use common sense. Do not carry valuables clearly visible like cameras, iPods, purses or anything that can easily be seen and taken. Be aware of what is going on around you.
- Avoid “trouble situations” in the streets such as people arguing, car accidents or people trying to catch a thief.
- When new students and volunteers start at RVA an introduction to all people working at the Academy are done by a tour or a “Farmers Lunch or Common Working Day”. If you see people on the campus, who do not work or live at RVA please notify a teacher.
- It is advisable that each team has a list of important information on each student such as full name, DOB, blood type, allergies, important information related to the person and an address and phone numbers of a relative.
- Do not go outside the 30 acres campus of RVA alone.
- Dress appropriately on the campus common areas. There is a lot of “official traffic” in the area such as government officials, employed staff, hikers and other visitors.
- Keep you own insurance to protect your valuables such as cameras, iPhones or laptops.
- Family or friends from abroad are welcome and they can stay at the Nature and Hiking Center.
- If a student wishes to terminate the program, then the person should leave Richmond Vale Academy within 3-5 days. If more days are needed a special agreement has to be made with a teacher.
Q – Will my cellphone work while I am at the school? +
A: This depends on your phone/service but if you bring a phone with a sim card you can obtain an SVG sim card to insert in the phone. Most people at the school are able to use WI-FI on their smart phones
There are several phone companies, which offer prepaid phones. The school has a phone for local calls and the staff are all equipped with phones to call internationally in case of an emergency.
Q – How far away is the nearest town? +
A: The nearest town, Chateaubelair, is 5.5 kilometers away. This is about a 30 minute walk or a 10 minute drive from the school.
Q – Does RVA have a stable Internet connection? +
A: Yes, RVA has a reliable Internet connection which seldom fails.
Q – Is public transportation available? +
A: Taxi is available any time and public transportation (vans) is very frequent. There are several info booklets and maps at RVA to give you an overview of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Q – Can I get any Tropical diseases while I am there? +
A: As in any tropical climate there are Mosquitos and flies and these can transmit a number of diseases. Chikungunya, Dengue fever, and Zika are present on the islands. They are not life threatening and have the same symptoms as a flu. Travelers should carry and use insect repellents and mosquito nets. There are mosquito nets available.
Q – What if I need medical assistance? +
A: Several staff have a first aid course. First aid kits are available. The closest village Chateaubelair has a clinic with nurses and a doctor. A doctor is available on call 24/7. There is a Hospital in Kingstown about an hour’s drive away with an ambulance.
There are clinics for all kinds of ailments in Kingstown, which is 1.5 hours away. The rates are low and the personnel very friendly and accommodating.
Q – How do I take care of my personal security? +
A: RVA has a no drugs and no alcohol policy, which is part of securing the safety of the individual. Besides this there are rules for not walking or swimming alone. Furthermore RVA has a security guard.
Q – Can I get mail and packages sent to me? +
A: All mail and packages go to the Chateaubelair post office where we pick it up on a regular basis. Regular mail can take up to 2 months to reach you so if you need expedited delivery use DHL or FedEx.
Q – Can you recommend a list of books to read about Global Warming and Climate Change? +
Q: Do you have some sites about Climate Change? +
Q – Can you recommend a list of documentaries to watch about Global Warming and Climate Change? +
Here is a list of documentaries:
2011 – the year the earth went wild Six Degrees Disruption
An Inconvenient Truth
The Power of Community – Cuba
Do the Math – from 350.org
Dude where do you get your proteins?
The end of poverty? Food Inc.
The Future of Food
Hope in a Changing Climate
When the water ends
How many people can live on Planet Earth?
This Changes Everything BBC
Planet Earth – David Attenborough BBC – Human Planet – 8 programs of people’s lives in extreme places around the planet
Planet in Peril
The miracle tree – Moringa
When the water ends
Forks over knives
Hungry for change
Killer at large
Human Planet 1-8
Tales from the hive – bees
A place at the table
Addicted to plastic Bello Horizonte Food
Biofuels think outside the barrel
Cradle to Cradle RX for survival – examples of low tech solutions Mark Hertsgaard
HOT – Democracy Now 2012 (droughts and food riots – mobilize next generation – climateparents.org)
Global Warming part 1, 2, 3 and 4
Hope in a changing climate and 17 other documentaries from John Liu under the title “What if we change….”
The miracle water village (producing healthy soil in time of scarce water)
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret’
www.geofflawton.com– 40 videos on permaculture “Surviving the collapse”
www.permaculturenews.org Permaculture Research Institute Australia
Union of Concerned Scientists http://www.ucsusa.org/
UCS is an independent nonprofit alliance of more than 100,000 concerned citizens and scientists. They aim to augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world.
GM Watch http://gmwatch.org/
GMWatch is an independent non-profit making organisation founded in 1998. We seek to counter the enormous corporate political power and propaganda of the biotech industry and its supporters through our website, our lists, our Spinprofiles portal, LobbyWatch, the BanGMFood campaign and our many other outreach and campaigning activities.
Friends of the Earth http://www.foe.org/
Friends of the Earth is a network of grassroots groups in 77 countries that defend the environment and champion a more healthy and just world.
Q - Does RVA have a Mission Statement? +
Yes please read.
By educating people from St. Vincent and the rest of the world, Richmond Vale Academy aims to build the capacity, knowledge and confidence in its students. By achieving personal growth and development, future leaders of St. Vincent and of the world will take action for a more just and more sustainable world.
Q - Can you give a short historical overview of St. Vincent and the Grenadines? +
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) consists of 32 islands and cays of which 8 are inhabited and one is a nature resort. St. Vincent is the biggest island with an active Volcano “La Soufrière”. The other islands called the Grenadines are Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union, Palm and Petit St. Vincent.
SVG, also known as ‘Hairoun (a)’, is located to the south of the Caribbean Sea and has a population of 110,000 people. SVG is a small island nation, but its history is quite remarkable and its landscapes are breathtaking.
The country has had a long history of resistance against European imperial powers. The people of St. Vincent, the Caribs, managed to protect their homeland from French and British settlement for 200 years. They were so vigilant that this territory became the last of the major Caribbean islands to be colonized. During this struggle, African slaves escaping from a Dutch shipwreck and runaway slaves from the surrounding islands were welcomed to settle on the islands. They mixed with the Caribs and are now known as the Black Caribs (Garifuna). In 1719 Britain took control over the country and remained in power until 1979, when SVG gained independence and rights to control its own affairs.
Discoversvg.com - History
Watch these documentaries on YouTube:
A Story About the Garifuna Documentary
Vacation in a Garifuna Community on St. Vincent
Natural Disasters - What to do?
Q - What is the currency in St. Vincent and the Grenadines? +
The local currency is East Caribbean Dollars or officially XCD. When you arrive it is advisable to take out approx XCD 300.00 as the closest ATM is 1 hour away from RVA. You can also use USD and will then get back in XCD: USD 1.00 = XCD 2.67 approx.
Q - How is the Transportation in St. Vincent? +
The most convenient transportation is the private taxi – rates are XCD 160.00 from RVA to Kingstown, XCD 220.00 to the airport and XCD 230.00 to town, letting the taxi wait while you do errands and return. Taxis are available any time – RVA has an updated list of available taxi drivers. Varying reliability regarding time, but good track record with airport runs.
The second most convenient is a taxi where you pay for a seat – XCD 10.00 from Chateaubelair or XCD 15.00 from RVA. There are only a few of these leaving from Chateaubelair, but as a team you can book a van to pick you up; here you would agree a special rate.
The third way is the van, filled to the brim and often with very loud music. Here you pay XCD 6.00. There are plenty of vans leaving from early morning until 3pm and going back as well; when going to town it is best to leave early in the morning having organized pick up with the public system.
With the last two options you need to agree with the driver to take you to the driveway of RVA. It is usually possible if you pay double, meaning XCD 10.00 more with the private taxi or XCD 6.00 more with the van.
Q - What kind of activities are there besides the program? +
A healthy lifestyle is promoted and offers many opportunities for sport (volleyball, soccer, swimming, hiking, dancing, gym etc).
You have the opportunity to take a PADI Discover Dive or a PADI Open Water Dive certificate.
Richmond Beach is 5 mins away from the Academy with plenty of possibilities for snorkelling, swimming and jumping from the cliffs.
Q - Is there a Volcano in St. Vincent? +
There is an active volcano in St Vincent (La Soufrière) that last erupted in 1979. The volcano rises to 4,048 feet or 1234 m. It is the largest of the 3 craters that are present at the summit of the volcano, the other 2, the Somma and the 1812 crater are both presently dormant. Eruptions have generated a series of pyroclastic flows, lahars, ballistic projectiles and ash. The ash generated by the larger eruptions is, in fact, responsible for the yellow cliffs that run along the windward coast of the island.
Hiking the La Soufrière Volcano is always an amazing experience! If you have some extra energy, once you reach the top, you can go down the crater and experience the silence and beauty inside the crater. In this video, that’s exactly what we do!
Watch the movie:
“Hiking the La Soufriere Volcano is always an amazing experience!” on Richmond Vale Diving & Hiking Center's YouTube Channel
Q - What happens in case of an Emergency? +
All gather in the main hall by the ring of the bell - Everyone is briefed about the situation
- The meeting does not break up until everyone understands and is in agreement with the instructions and new systems to follow - Anyone not present will be briefed by phone and called back if necessary.
Q - What is the postal address of RVA? +
Richmond Vale, St. David, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies
RVA landline phone number: (+1 784) 458 2255
Google Maps – Richmond Vale Academy
Q - What is the country dialing code to St. Vincent? +
The Country Dialing Code is +1784
Q - Do you have a list of What to bring and prepare +
Yes here you go:
General Health: Please let us know prior to the course if you have any medical conditions, physical limitations or dietary restrictions.
Personal Care: If you take medicine or vitamins on a regular basis, make sure to bring
enough for the duration of the program.
Passport: You need a travel Passport that is valid for 6 months after the end of your stay in St. Vincent.
For the 12 months Fighting With the Poor Team
High School Diploma: You need to bring a copy of your high school certificate, accompanied by an official English translation. When applying for a visa for Ecuador or Belize you might be asked to show an official Police Clearance Certificate.
Visa: Money for visa extensions. After 1 or 3 months, your visa can be extended for 3 months at a time. The price of this is XCD 25.00 (USD 10.00) each time.
If you are European you will receive 3 months visa on entry (except for British). You will receive a letter to use when passing through the immigration in St. Vincent.
Clothes and other things – check how much luggage you can bring:
Bed Sheets and pillow case • Lightweight raincoat • Strong outdoor shoes • Sports clothes • Flip-flops (XCD 20.00 to buy in SVG) • Light long sleeved t-shirts • Thin jacket for chilly nights • Lightweight trousers for working outside • Swimwear and towel • Shorts and tops • Insect repellant and anti-itch cream • Sunscreen • Toiletries • Electric adapter for St. Vincent - a universal will do
(Normally a British outlet)
Bring clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and dried out by the sun.
Optional, but great to bring:
Musical instruments • Snorkeling gear • Games
Soccer, hand balls or any other kind of balls – maybe explain your cause and try to get them donated from a sports store
Yoga mat if you practice yoga or want to start – XCD 34.00 in SVG
If your luggage should get lost… bring essentials in your cabin luggage. It usually takes up to a week to get it back; but you will need to make some calls to speed up the process.
St. Vincent is hot, sunny and humid. Therefore it’s best to bring lightweight clothing as
well as clothing that can protect you from the sun. Long sleeved tops and light trousers
are advised. The climate also brings mosquitoes and other insects, therefore long sleeves and long pants are advisable to protect against insect bites.
Life is very sweaty here, so it’s good to have a few changes of clothing with you, as you’ll probably want to change clothes quite often. There are laundry facilities on the premises as well as detergent all included.
Money and Supplies: You will need some money for personal items such as stamps,
shampoo, toothpaste, snacks, souvenirs, etc. It is advisable to withdraw money from the ATM in the airport as the nearest ATM is 1 hour’s drive from RVA. You also need to pay for the taxi and they always prefer local Caribbean dollars.
School Materials: You will need some materials for your studies such as notebooks and pens.
Garden work: Bring 2 pairs of working gloves.
Personal Computer: It is advised to bring your laptop as research is made on the computer.
Most of the daily supplies can be bought in Kingstown, the capital of St. Vincent. However, it takes a one and a half hour’s drive to reach Kingstown so it is advised to bring your items from home for the first month.